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President Donald Trump had high hopes from Tillerson but in the end he did not even bother to tell him he was sacked; Tillerson said he learned about his removal through Trump's tweet.

The Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) deputy director Gina Haspel will succeed Mr Pompeo, becoming the first woman to lead the agency.

There had been longstanding rumors throughout most of Tillerson's tenure of friction between Trump and his secretary of state, a former Exxon Mobile Corp. CEO.

"We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things", Trump said to the BBC.

Cohn, a supporter of free trade, said he would leave the White House after Trump announced he would be imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

"I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me", Haspel said in a statement.

Senior White House officials said Trump wanted his new team in place before any summit with Kim Jong un, who invited the USA president to meet by May after months of escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Then, Tillerson called Trump an (expletive) moron over the summer and nearly resigned.

The White House fired a top State Department official after he contradicted the White House's account of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's ouster on Tuesday. Just hours later, Goldstein himself was sacked.

President Donald Trump is telling reporters that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "by myself". "When you look at the Iran deal: I think it's bad, I guess he thinks it was OK".

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"The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", said Republican Senator John McCain, who himself was tortured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

"From a political point of view, it's a disastrous mistake", said Blessing. In Pompeo, Trump is hoping for a secretary of state who will heel to the hard-line thinking of his administration.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly. Tillerson's firing came after he rightly denounced Russia for its alleged role in the nerve gas attack on a former Russian spy in England.

He was a weak public presence who considered it an annoyance to engage with the press - when that is a core responsibility of a secretary of state. President Trump still appears determined to reduce the American military footprint, which will inevitably empower Iran and Russian Federation in the Middle East.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Pompeo, "will do a fantastic job!" and thanked Mr Tillerson for his service.

It's not that Rex Tillerson would ever rank as one of the greats as secretary of State. A veteran CIA clandestine officer, Haspel is backed by many in the United States intelligence community but is regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities.

Trump has pursued isolationist "America first" policies and was often at odds with Tillerson, who pushed for greater worldwide cooperation. The White House said that chief of staff John Kelly had previously told Tillerson he would be replaced.

The impact of this shift on the US-Russia relations and the US foreign policy in general is probably limited. He is among Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee asserting that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono had been planning a trip to the United States later this week to hold talks with Tillerson about the latest developments in North Korea.

"Between now and then, I will address a few administrative matters related to my departure and work towards a smooth and orderly transition for Secretary of State-designate, Mike Pompeo", said the outgoing Secretary of State.